Clth, 7 x 9.75 in. / 100 pgs / 25 color.
Pub Date 3/31/2010
Out of stock indefinitely
Catalog: SPRING 2010 p. 141
ISBN 9783865606952 FLAT40
List Price: $39.95 CDN $53.95
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Pia Fries: Merian’s Surinam
Text by Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Camille Morineau.
For the 14 diptychs that comprise the Merian's Surinam series, Swiss painter Pia Fries (born 1955) uses reproductions by the painter and botanical illustrator Maria Sybilla Merian (1647–1717). Merian's images of plants, flowers, animals and insects are elaborated upon with oil paint, from thin to thick impasto, and with varying degrees of obscuration, to establish an open and playful dialogue between the two women.
STATUS: Out of stock indefinitely.
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
THOMAS EVANS | DATE 2/23/2010
Pia Fries (born 1955) is a Swiss-born painter, now living in Düsseldorf, Germany. A former student of Gerhard Richter, she shares her mentor's fondness for visceral paint effects, blending and smearing colors in horizontal gestures, but the similarity ends there: if Richter's paint manoeuvres conjure present-day preoccupations with blur and speed, Fries seems to use paint as a way to move across pictorial space, of finding out where to go--not so much "taking a line for a walk" (in Klee's phrase) as taking a splodge for a walk. continue to blog